The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad makes its home in Elkins, WV. The railroad runs excursion trains that take visitors into the mountains on historic passenger train. You can also find more information about the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad on the At the Depot page.
Davis & Elkins College was founded in 1904 and has a beautiful campus to visit that is adjacent to Elkin’s downtown. The summer mansions of the city’s founders, Senators Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen B. Elkins, are located on the campus. Graceland is now an inn and Hallihurst is an administrative building, both are open to the public.
The Stirrup Gallery is also located on the Davis & Elkins’ campus. It houses the Darby Collection, which contains a wide range of over 10,000 artifacts. There are also collections pertaining to President Lincoln, Senator Davis, and others.
Both the West Virginia Railroad Museum and the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area’s Discovery Center are located down the street from the Welcome Center in the Darden Mill. Their season runs from March to October and they are open Thursday – Sunday during that time. You can also find more information about these two places on the In the Rail Yard page.
The Gandy Dancer and the American Mountain Theater are two great musical venues here in Elkins. Both have wonderful Branson-style shows, the Gandy Dancer is West Virginia’s only dinner theater and the American Mountain Theater has been featured on PBS.
For a Self-Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Elkins come into the Welcome Center and pick one up. As you walk downtown you can read about the history behind each shop that you visit.